More farmland in foreign hands

COMPLEX ISSUE: Federated Farmers dairy industry group chairperson Andrew Hoggard says the issue of foreign ownership is complex and best considered on a case-by-case basis.

Another 3000 hectares of Canterbury dairying land has been approved for foreign ownership or control.

Analysts bullish about beef

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Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Messy block goes native

Central Canterbury farmers Francie and Roger Taylor have
replaced gorse and old pines with native plantings.

Roger and Francie Taylor knew a lot of hands-on work would be required to turnaround a rough Canterbury block.

Teen bidder gets it done

Louisa McClintock, 17, makes the winning bid on a line of two tooth romney ewes at the Hawarden crossbred sheep sale.

Determined 17-year-old holds her nerve to help to set the prices at a Canterbury sheep sale.

Quality young sheep sought

Sheep at the Feilding saleyards – in a worst-case scenario, sheep at a sale would have the infectious foot and mouth disease but show no symptoms.

Sheep farmers are feeling optimistic enough to spend strongly on young stock, agent Kevin Rowe says.

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opinion

Low milk price begins to pinch

BE CAREFUL: Local authorities are warning against drinking raw milk following the death of a toddler in Australia.

OPINION: The impact of the unexpectedly low milk price of $4.70/kg milk solids has hit like a tonne of bricks.

Stop putting boot into farmers over drought

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Alpine water would counter dry spell

Why doing things is bad

dairy

Blue River sold

Blue River Dairy on Nith St

Blue River Dairy sells processing plant and brand to a Chinese company in a substantial investment deal.

Fonterra's milk supply cut to hit GDP

Economist predicts Fonterra's slashed milk production forecast will probably not cause a recession.

Raw milk.

Farmers ask banks for clemency

South Canterbury farmers have asked rural bankers for mercy as dry weather threatens milk production.

beef

Analysts bullish about beef

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Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

'Spooked' cow breaks farmer's legs

Farmer takes little pleasure in knowing the 600kg beast that kicked him will soon be on a plate.

The first of the cows is prepared for the NZ Dairy Event at Manfield Stadium, Feilding.

Cows prepped for premier event

Cows were primped for showing and sales at the opening day of the NZ Dairy Event.

Sheep

Buyers after quality young sheep

Sheep at the Feilding saleyards – in a worst-case scenario, sheep at a sale would have the infectious foot and mouth disease but show no symptoms.

Sheep farmers are feeling optimistic enough to spend strongly on young stock, agent Kevin Rowe says.

Young bidder gets the job done

A determined 17-year-old helped to set the prices at this week's Hawarden crossbred sheep sale, as she held her nerve and saw off rival bidders for three pens of romney two-tooths.

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Analysts bullish about beef

Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

cropping

Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek damages

171012 News Photo: Laura McKoy/Cambridge Edition. Gold Kiwifruit supplies are running low as more kiwifruit orchards test positive for PSA-V. Photo: SUPPLIED

The amount of damages sought is unspecified because it's not known how many growers and post-harvest operators will join.

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

Apple orchard

Orchard fined $40,000

Matipo Orchards has been fined for potentially undermining New Zealand's apple industry.

agribusiness

Messy trees block has gone native

Central Canterbury farmers Francie and Roger Taylor have
replaced gorse and old pines with native plantings.

Buying a rough block close to the central Canterbury foothills 13 years ago, Roger and Francie Taylor knew a lot of hands-on work would be required to turn it around.

Hot muggy weather means facial eczema will be on the rise

The hot muggy summer weather has sparked warnings from a Waikato veterinarian for farmers to begin preventative treatments for facial eczema.

Australia's annual production has been stagnant at about around 10 billion litres of milk a year for the past decade.

Experience, care help after ending of theileria subsidy

MPI's decision to stop subsidising the costs of lab testing cattle for theileria ikeda should not cause alarm for farmers, according to veterinary experts.

Discovery

Mutual gains from project

Merino rams are inspected at Purple Mud Springs Stud near Shihezi, by Professors Runlin Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Paul Kenyon, Hugh Blair, Steve Morris and Guoqing Shi (Xinjiang Academy of Agriculture and Reclamation Sciences).

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

Rummaging in rumens

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

rural women

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Rural women's champion honoured

A journalist who gave rural women a voice has been honoured for her services.

PINK BALES: Georgie Barnett (from Langsford Contractors) and farmer Jude Graham sit atop some of the bales.

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

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Sex shop divides shopkeepers

The opening of a sex shop in a Christchurch heritage street has caused friction among local shopkeepers.

advice

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

aquaculture

Chilean firm wins King Salmon deal

New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne, right, said they had decided to go with a proven manufacturer when awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to a Chilean company.

Overseas company given multimillion-dollar contract for three new salmon farms.

Voyage from frozen to fresh

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

AMBITIOUS: Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, who came to New Zealand just over a year ago, wants Sanford to become the best seafood company in the world.

Applying science to seafood

People always ask Volker Kuntzsch how he ended up becoming the chief of a listed company when he is "just a scientist".

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